Embattled Farmers

Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers
 from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783

  Rick Wiggin portraying Longfellow

About the Author

Richard C. Wiggin is a long-time colonial re-enactor, and volunteer at Minute Man National Historical Park. He is the Historian and a past Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men, and a former Executive Director of the Bostonian Society (Boston’s Old State House Museum). 

He has conducted numerous educational and interpretive programs about Colonial and Revolutionary War history for diverse groups around the country, and written numerous articles about the Revolutionary War time period, including seven audio tours for different segments of Minute Man National Historical Park and Boston's Freedom Trail. His award-winning book, Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783 (Lincoln Historical Society, 2013), has been hailed as a compelling narrative of the connection of a New England farming village to the sweep of the Revolutionary War. 

Since 2007, Wiggin has conducted an annual symposium in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, that explores the life and legacy of Civil War General Thomas Welsh, including the Civil War-era history of the Susquehanna region.  He edits the symposium Proceedings, and is currently working on a biography of General Welsh.

A meticulous researcher, Wiggin leverages his own experience as a living historian in interpreting history as the product of uniquely human experiences.  Embattled Farmers brings the reader face to face with many fascinating, untold stories which bring to life the human drama of the Revolutionary period.

Wiggin was trained as a businessman, worked for many years in the medical products industry, and served as Principle Investigator for a Federal research grant.  He is an avid outdoorsman and mountaineer.  He holds degrees from Denison University and the University of Pennsylvania.  His articles have appeared in Alaska Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Civil War Courier, and The Lincoln Review.

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